NY Times Editorial: Federal Government Should Repeal Ban on Pot

In an editorial in today’s NY Times, the editorial board called on the federal government to repeal the ban on pot, citing that in the “more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana,” the ban has inflicted “great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.” The NY Times editorial board noted that they reached the conclusion that the federal government should repeal the ban, “after a great deal of discussion among the members of The Times’s Editorial Board, inspired by a rapidly growing movement among the states to reform marijuana laws.” The editorial states, “There are no perfect answers to people’s legitimate concerns about marijuana use.” But neither are there such answers about … Continue reading

Packing Heat in the Brothers’ ’Hood

  by Walter Brasch   A group of white gun-rights advocates plan to sling rifles, shotguns, and semi-automatic assault weapons onto their bodies, and walk through a Black neighborhood in Houston. What could possibly go wrong with that?! The march through Houston’s Fifth Ward is planned for August 16 to educate Texans about their rights to openly carry firearms. To deflect criticism that the march is racially-insensitive, the testosterone-enhanced group, apparently with straight faces to hide its freeze-dried minds, says all it wants is for racial equality. It says because the state charges $250 for a gun permit, it unfairly discriminates against Blacks who have twice the poverty rate as Whites, and that’s why the Whites are going to march … Continue reading

Market Basket Employees Are a Powerful Testament to the Power of the People

State Rep. Renny Cushing of Hampton just spoke at #MarketBasket rally. “This is a watershed moment in history.” @seacoastonline — Jason Schreiber (@Schreibernews) July 25, 2014 Local media is covering today’s employee rally at Market Basket’s headquarters in Tewksbury, MA and the board meeting that is also under way in Boston. The ripple effect of the warehouse workers walkout that started a week ago has grown into a full-blown employee movement that has drawn thousands of employees to headquarter’s today, in support of ousted CEO Artie T. Demoulas. Watching the groundswell of support for Artie T. in the past week, one cannot help but marvel at the incredible testament of a the power of the people, to take on a feuding … Continue reading

Federal Judge in California Rules State’s Death Penalty is Unconstitutional

I’ve never been a fan of the death penalty. Needless to say, today’s ruling by a federal judge in Orange County, California, that the death penalty is unconstitutional, comes as good news in my opinion. U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney said today that “the state’s death penalty has created long delays and uncertainty for inmates, most of whom will never be executed.” He noted that more than 900 people have been sentenced to death in California since 1978 but only 13 have been executed. “For the rest, the dysfunctional administration of California’s death penalty system has resulted, and will continue to result, in an inordinate and unpredictable period of delay preceding their actual execution,” Carney wrote. An interesting aside on … Continue reading

America’s Child Refugee Crisis

As a single mother who raised a child alone in America, I know full well what a difficult task that is, especially struggling through poverty through most of the years that I raised my daughter alone. When I read the stories about the children from Central America striking out on their own to reach the safety of what they think in some idolized fashion, is sanctuary in America, my heart breaks. My heart breaks, because on some subliminal level, as a single mother, I can only imagine how much harder it is to raise children alone in Central America, where lawlessness is common thread of the culture. Furthering my discomfort about the facts that drive these children to our borders, is … Continue reading

Reflections on Independence Day

It is Independence Day in America, but rather than focusing on our independence today, I find myself reflecting on our interdependence, because the fact is, we all ultimately rely on one another in this country and on the planet. What we do, how we act, what we say, how we treat others, what we create and what we destroy, are all deeply connected. I feel as though there are a lot of people who have lost sight of this very integral fact of our existence in this country. Recent political decisions and deeper political party polarization has pushed us to extremes, many people are in denial and no one seems to want to budge. But we must budge, we must come … Continue reading